If you are a birder, you've heard of Wilson's Plover, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Warbler... In 1794, a young poet, labor activist, and weaver arrived in Philadelphia, a refugee from his native Scotland. His first letter home exclaims over the bright colors and abundance of the birds he found in the fields and forests of America. He taught school, wrote poetry, and engaged in the political discussion of the young democracy.
Evolution of Avian Color – Think turbulence, bacteria, and glare when looking at a bird’s plumage and color
Ornithologist Jed Burtt of Ohio Wesleyan University will discuss how bird species develop distinct plumage through natural selection as part of the College of Science Distinguished Speakers series at RIT.